Languages in a Global World

Learning for Better Cultural Understanding

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The rise of globalisation makes language competencies more valuable, both at individual and societal levels. This book examines the links between globalisation and the way we teach and learn languages. It begins by asking why some individuals are more successful than others at learning non-native languages, and why some education systems, or countries, are more successful than others at teaching languages.

The book comprises chapters by different authors on the subject of language learning. There are chapters on the role of motivation; the way that languages, cultures and identities are interconnected; the insights that neuroscience provides; migrants, their education and opportunities to learn languages; language learning and teaching in North America; and new approaches to language learning.



User's guide

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The project on “Globalisation, Languages and Cultures,” which led to the present book, was launched by OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in 2007, but actually started after one year of planning, in 2008. It was conducted in close co-operation with Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE) between mid-2008 and mid-2011. The purpose of this project was to encourage the exploration of elements generally not considered (and largely underestimated) in the process of language learning.


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